Sussex

Man jailed for life for Brighton mistaken identity shooting

  • 8 January 2016
  • From the section Sussex
Adam Willis Image copyright Sussex Police
Image caption Adam Willis was told he would serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half-years in jail

A man found guilty of attempted murder and conspiracy to murder following a mistaken identity shooting in Brighton has been jailed for life.

Adam Willis, 33, of no fixed address, targeted a flat in Elmore Road on 27 January last year, where a shotgun was fired through the front door.

The 40-year-old victim, who was not the intended target, was seriously injured.

Willis, who was convicted last month, was told by Hove Crown Court he would serve a minimum of 17-and-a-half-years.

Det Ch Insp Paul Rymarz, of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said organised criminals armed with a loaded shotgun had been targeting a man who was not at the property.

Instead, an innocent man was subjected to "a shocking and frightening unprovoked attack at his home", he said.

Image caption The 40-year-old man was shot through his front door by the gunman who went to the wrong address in Brighton

Three other people were also charged in connection with the case.

Hayden Pendleton, 29, of Damwood Road, Liverpool, was found not guilty of attempted murder and conspiracy to murder.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on Spencer Bowen, 24, of Heathfield Avenue, Dover, Kent.

Mr Bowen, who was charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to murder and grievous bodily harm, was remanded in custody to face a retrial in July.

Charges against Lewis Carney, 27, of London Road, Dover, were dropped at the start of the trial.

He had been accused of conspiracy to murder.

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